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ERIC Number: ED539438
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2006-Oct
Pages: 26
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
Overcoming Barriers; Enabling Learners: Planning, Designing and Delivering the Full-Time FE Curriculum in Scotland's Colleges
Her Majesty's Inspectorate of Education
The further education (FE) curriculum in Scotland's colleges aims to enable people to develop skills and capacities which will improve the quality of their working, personal, family and community life. To achieve this aim people need assistance to overcome barriers constraining their confidence and ability to take part in learning situations and equip them with new skills that enable them to progress to employment or further learning. The Lifelong Learning Strategy for Scotland, "Life Through Learning, Learning Through Life" highlighted the need for education providers to deliver responsive, relevant services to learners which enable them to make transitions to further learning or employment. The report by HMIE for SFEFC, "Student Learning in Scottish Further Education Colleges" (February 2004) built on this focus by exploring the learning and teaching implications arising from the Scottish Executive's successful drive towards widening access and engagement of learners who previously may have been excluded from learning after the compulsory stages. It also examined some issues concerning retention and achievement. The present report seeks to identify effective curricular approaches and developments in full-time FE provision. It draws on evidence from the last five years of reviews of colleges by HMIE and recent fieldwork carried out in six colleges. Appended are: (1) Colleges visited for the task; (2) What did learners think about their college experience?; and (3) Bibliography and useful links. (Contains 4 footnotes.)
Her Majesty's Inspectorate of Education. Denholm House Almondvale Business Park, Almondvale Way, Livingston, EH54 6GA, UK. Tel: +44-014-1282-5000; e-mail:; Web site:
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Adult Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: Her Majesty's Inspectorate of Education (HMIe) (Scotland)
Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom (Scotland)